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The Muse Takes on Etude House’s Newsletter!

I’ve probably been on this topic for far too long so you’ll have to excuse me for squealing some more! I recently was featured on Etude House’s blog which was utterly thrilling for me! Soon after that a wonderful reader told me that I was featured in Etude House’s little in-store pamphlet which totally made me flip out!

Yesterday I got home and had a letter from Korea waiting for me. I was puzzling over this as I was expecting some packages from Korea but not a letter. I quickly ripped it open in curiosity and I realized that my very, very, very kind reader had sent me the Etude House in-store pamphlet which features your little Muse on the front page!

Can I tell you how exciting this is for me? I simply adore Korean culture and it’s just an honor to be included in the freaking Etude House newsletter! Sheesh, talk about super flattering!

I realize some blogs have made it into popular fashion magazines and others have even made it into the New York Times. Those are seriously great accomplishments but for me this feels ten times better than appearing in a US magazine or newspaper. Reaching out to international readers is something I truly love about my blog. I simply adore my Asian readers and truly to be recognized for my hard work in carving out a niche not many beauty blogs cover really makes me feel like Musings is just a little bit unique and different in comparison to other beauty blogs you read. You can read about the latest MAC collection across the blogsphere and get some seriously great reviews on awesome products. But it always pleases me that you can stop here at Musings, during your daily clicks, and read about the latest and greatest not only in the US but also Japan, Singapore, Korea, England, etc….I think that’s what makes Musings extra special and I take alot of pride in that!

Anyway, all gushing aside here’s some pics of the newsletter and the Muse smiling from the front page!

Enjoy!

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A big thank you to that special reader who sent this my way! Thank you SO much!

And of course a really big thank you to the Etude House team who put this together! If you’re reading this the Muse sends her love and hugs!

Show Etude House some love by clicking through their awesome website! Clickie!

Here’s the inside of the newsletter! Notice they are advertising the Shebert Cool Party Summer Collection! I’ll be reviewing it very soon so do stay tuned!

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Summer Beauty on a Budget Finds: NYX Hot Orange Eye Shadow Review

Alot of hype surrounds NYX eye shadows. I’ve read many a review, many a post, and many a discussion about how wonderful NYX eye shadows are and how close in pigmentation they are to MAC.

I personally never purchased any NYX eye shadows until recently when I came across a display at Harmons and my eyes were drawn to the NYX eye shadow color in Hot Orange.

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It’s such an awesome Summer shade.

Although Hot Orange is quite a gorgeous shade it’s not without it’s flaws. As I mentioned this is my first time purchasing an NYX eye shadow and being a MAC girl myself it’s definately difficult to compare MAC to NYX in quality but you can perhaps chalk that up to your Muse being very picky about cosmetics.

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This particular shade is a bit gritty as it contains a healthy dose of what appears to be non cosmetic glitter, really chunky pieces of the type a glitter you’d use for some after school crafts are something….yak!

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The pigmentation is pretty good on the shadow and it blended pretty well aside from the glitter getting everywhere. I did notice that the texture was not as silky as a MAC eye shadow and I did have to swipe a few times and build the color up to get the desired vibrancy that I’d get easily with one swipe from a MAC shadow.

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On the plus side the color is such a great Summer shade. The orange is wonderful by itself or combined with some golds or yellows from your collection! Plus the price can’t be beat at $4.99 USD!

For the price I’d say it’s worth checking out and it’s a very nice Summer Beauty Budget Find! Will I buy NYX again? Possibly!

If you’re trying to keep your beauty budget tight this is a great little find to add a bit of wicked color to your Summer makeup routine!

The Muse working NYX Hot Orange (or at least trying to work it!):

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Want another beauty budget find? Check out the review for the mascara the Muse is wearing in this Face of the Day picture! Wondering about my blush? It’s the cheap Bobbi Brown blush I picked up in Woodbury! Clickie!

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Enjoy some other Summer Must Have Cosmetic findings by reading some past posts!

NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

Too Faced Eye Shadow in Mess in a Dress

Redpoint Airbrush Effects Whipped Blush

The Muse’s favorites for Summer Sizzling Eyes

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Sneak Peeks: Aquafina Skincare Review

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Finally I got my hands on some Aquafina Skincare after hearing SO much about it!

I’ll be reviewing an item a day from the collection starting tomorrow so stay tuned on whether the Muse thinks you should be stashing or trashing the new Aquafina Skincare Collection!

Tried it already?

Love it?

Do share!

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Learn the best (and worst) options for taking good care of your skin with some past posts from the Muse!

Clarisonic Skin Care Brush Review

Artistry Essentials Moisture Plus Review

MAC Prep and Prime Review

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator Review

Keihl’s Skincare Review

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Back To School Beauty Finds: Makeup Storage

I swear I must be the only girl alive that loves wandering down the aisles of Staples and thinking up strange and unusual ways to use office supplies for beauty storage purposes. At the moment I’m using various desk top organizers that I purchased online and in office shops as storage for cosmetics (I happen to do the same thing with kitchen draw organizers too!). Oh well I never claimed to be normal!

I needed a few items for my office this week so I hurried down to Staples in excitement in what I’d find in the Back to School aisle that I could use for beauty purposes. I love Back to School! It’s the best time of the year for locating little pencil boxes, small plastic bins, and other awesome little compartments and boxes that I can use for stowing away lipsticks, shadows, and the likes!

Sadly, I didn’t find too much in Staples Back to School aisle aside from three kids bawling there eyes out and one frantic mum trying to quiet them. I suspect they didn’t like the idea of shopping for school supplies in July but that’s just my theory of course.

However, I did find one cheap and cheesy find that I am loving for travel storage! A rather cute plastic pencil case that snaps open to reveal a little pull out draw. Obviously it’s used for stowing away pencils and such but I find it particularly nice for stowing brushes when I’m traveling!

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Great idea right?

It has enough room to hold a ton of your eye brushes and you can neatly hold at least five or six face brushes inside maybe more if you don’t mind them being squished up.

At 79 cents I’d say it’s a steal and a deal plus convenient! The Muse highly recommends heading down to your local office supply store and looking at Back to School pencil boxes in a new light! Consider your makeup collection inside instead of a buncha pencils, pens, and erasers.

Simple ideas from your silly, old Muse!

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How the Muse stores her stash!

Sephora Metro Traincase

Lori Griener Cosmetic Storage Solutions

Kawaii Storage

MuseTV: Revisiting My Storage Solutions

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Reader’s Request: Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Review

It’s so ironic that Kevyn Aucoin’s Makeup Collection has just recently been added to Sephora’s website for purchase.

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You see I just purchased Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer while I was in Atlantic City a few weeks ago! Pretty funny that not even a day later Sephora pops me a newsletter to tell me that the line is now being sold through them!

I’ve been waiting to try out The Sensual Skin Enhancer for a while now after my friend and reader, Taryn, had mentioned it. For one reason or another I never got around to purchasing it and I really should have brought it as soon as she recommended it as she has excellent taste in cosmetics.

Turns out this is amazing stuff and finally, after much searching, I’ve located the perfect all in one product to replace quite a few items that I use daily.

The process of looking flawless does take a considerable array of products as I’m sure most of you already know. Good concealer, good powder, good foundation, etc….etc….. The road to a flawless face is a long, painstaking, and time consuming task.

Although I slather myself in SPF come the Summer I still find that I do get a shade darker than I would like when I am outside for long periods of time. That’s just the way my skin is I guess and even an SPF of 20 doesn’t protect me from developing a brown luster to my skin.

Normally when this occurs I feel like my complexion takes a nose dive for the worst and my skin begins to look dull and loses the sign of that healthy glow I normally sport. Lately I’ve been experiencing major dull skin days. It could be due to any number of reasons really. Too much sun, too little sleep, not drinking enough water, etc….

But yes indeed it’s dull.

Since it’s decided to become rather dull-like I’ve found myself hunting through various foundations to regain complexion perfection. I’ve experienced some relief with a few foundations I’ve tried but not total nirvana until I finally took the $45 USD plunge and purchased Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

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$45 USD is an obscene amount of money to spend on a tiny jar that promises to deliver me into breathtaking beautiful skin. The pot is 0.63oz in size which accumulates to about the size of a small lip gloss pot. Think small. Think really small. You know me I’ve spent far more on product than that but this stuff is tiny!

Turns out $45 USD isn’t too bad a price and 0.63 oz is actually bigger than I realized. Why? You only need a smidge of the product to gain pure skin perfection. A tiny, tiny amount smaller than a pea will cover your entire face and create the most gorgeous canvas for your makeup.

The Sensual Skin Enhancer quite reminds me of a BB Cream without the huge hype of ingredients that BB Creams normally carry mind you. It performs just like a BB Cream would in the fact that it gives you a workable canvas for your blush, shadow, an d other makeup or you can easily wear it alone to cover up dull, uneven skin, problem skin, etc…. In a similar vein as BB Creams it replaces not only your foundation but also your concealer.

The Sensual Skin Enhancer multi-tasks its way onto your face by not only prepping your face for makeup but also doubling up as a concealer for your under eye area. Dark circles, fine lines, dry skin, all disappear with a tiny amount patted gently under your eyes.

Simply an amazing product! It’s probably the holy grail product each of us have been searching for our entire lives! I’ve never run across a more pigmented foundation product, if it can even be called foundation, that’s beautifully light, long wearing, and natural with amazing concealing power.

Considering the product is so pigmented I did fear that it would feel heavy on and you’d notice right away that I was wearing a heavier product. Not the case at all. It’s light, not greasy, and blends beautifully with your skin. It feels like I have virtually nothing on at all.

When it comes to foundation I don’t follow the conventional rule of shades. I normally take a shade or two lighter than my normal skin tone and although I get strange, puzzled, and horrified looks from various Makeup Artists when I purchase a foundation in a lighter shade I know for myself that’s how I prefer wearing my makeup. It could be completely wrong but I don’t think it’s done me bad yet and I blend it well enough that you’d never notice my coverage wasn’t my natural shade of skin!

I’m mentioning this because I did have a minor problem when selecting the color for The Sensual Skin Enhancer. I was going for the lightest shade available when I swatched on my arm it appeared just right however the MA from the Cos Bar, which is where I purchased this, quickly said it was absolutely the wrong shade for me. I got a tad bit peeved as I always get that snotty “That’s NOT your shade” whenever I am purchasing a lighter foundation. However, I was in no mood to bicker about it and I calmly told her I preferred a lighter shade. She nicely explained that the best shade for me would be SX5 and I was quick to disagree however turns out she was very right. SX5 was the most flattering of the several shades and she was indeed spot on with the color. I am curious what the lightest shade would look like on but she did assure me that it was very, very pale so I think I’m quite happy with SX5 as it kept my skin nice and pale plus it looked natural so no sense complaining right?

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The texture and formula is a very heavy creamy base so a little definately goes a long way at concealing dark circles, skin imperfections, redness, etc….If you happen to sport dry skin this will likely be ideal for your skin type. If you’re skin is oily I think a little amount followed up with powder should work beautifully as well. As per the Kevyn Aucuin’s website and the product’s packaging you can also mix a tiny amount with your moisturizer to create a beautifully light foundation. One key advantage to using this was a I noticed that it not only had very long wear but it didn’t go ashy or gray on me.

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All in all this is a rather highly priced item and a great indulgence but I don’t mind paying $45 USD for a pot that will last me ages (a little goes along way) plus something that works truly well!

For me, makeup like this, is priceless! Alot of hype surrounds Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer and his makeup line in general. The Muse is here to say the hype is all true. It’s quality makeup that delivers on it’s promises in full!

I give it my highest Muse Approval for purchase! Definitely grab a pot! Your face will thank you for it!

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If you’re not loving the idea of $45 USD makeup you might want to stay tuned for the Muse’s upcoming review on Jelly Pong Pong’s Nicola Roberts Dainty Doll Foundation which is nearly half the price as Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer but is it as good? We’ll have to find out! Review Coming Soon….

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Find out about other products for creating flawless skin by clicking through some past reviews!

Tarte Peaches and Cream Oil Free Powder Foundation Review

Prescriptives All Mineral Makeup Review

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Duo Review

Bourjois Paris 10 Hour Sleep Effect Review


Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Primer Review

See an FOTD of the Muse wearing Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

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